Lighting Things Up: Easy Chandelier Upgrade

I truly love our chandelier which my mom found years ago in a used furniture store for us.  But as I started working on updating our dining room, I started having second thoughts about the fit in our new dining room.  Also, the bare lightbulbs seemed too harsh and inconsistent.  I am also considering getting some CFL chandelier bulbs and they would look really bad bare and exposed. 

I like the look of these types of fixtures and I have seen several DIY versions in the blogosphere, but I just didn't think it was the right fit for our house - too contemporary... maybe.  Definitely not ruling out the idea in the longer term. 

So, the interim solution was just to find some chandelier shades.  I needed 8 shades so I did not want to spend $10 per shade and that seemed to be the going rate.  I shopped the discount stores (of course) but most didn't have any or they had really ugly ones.  I wanted plain cream or maybe chocolate brown (or even a pattern).

After several weeks of on and off looking, I stopped in at Tuesday Morning last week and found these great cream shades for $3.99 each!  Woohoo!

Here's the result -

I love it - much softer and inviting.  Also, covering the bare lightbulbs make the room feel warmer.  

What do you think?  Stay tuned for the full before and after in our dining room!